Election 2016

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Senior Labour party figures including Seán Sherlock and Jan O’Sullivan are supporting Brendan Howlin (above) for the leadership. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Alan Kelly’s hopes of becoming the next Labour leader are fading, as an overwhelming majority of the party’s TDs believe Brendan Howlin should be the (...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny is about to re-embark on business in the Dáil, but the circumstances of his new Government are beyond unusual. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

As the minority Government faces its first week of Dáil business since its formation, the focus among many politicians is on the remaining jobs that T(...)

Enda Kenny: change of leader by Fine Gael would introduce element of instability into  political equation. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Some of his Ministers may have raised an eyebrow on Monday when Enda Kenny stated his intention to serve out his full term as Taoiseach, but he was be(...)

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath: tabled the Central Bank (Variable Rate Mortgages) Bill 2016. Photgraph: Aidan Crawley

The first substantial Bill to come before the new Dáil will result in either a defeat for the Government or a forced tactical compromise with the two (...)

Enda Kenny: Three crucial areas could decide this Government’s fate: not housing, health and water, but the role of the Dáil, transparency and accountability and Independent Ministers. Photograph: Alan Betson

Some fuss has been made of Enda Kenny’s status as the first Fine Gael leader to be re-elected as Taoiseach. This detracts slightly from the legacy of (...)

There had been an assumption, no more than that, that Enda Kenny was not going to be around as Taoiseach for that long. Nothing in writing, you unders(...)

Brendan Howlin is being pressed by colleagues to step forward for the leadership while Alan Kelly is keen to succeed to the position. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Labour TDs will meet at Leinster House on Tuesday when candidates for the leadership are expected to clarify their intentions. The leadership is not (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has confirmed he will serve a full term in office but will not lead Fine Gael into the next general election. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will serve a full term in office, but will not lead Fine Gael into the next general election. Speaking at an event o(...)

 Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar previously claimed Irish welfare rates were too high by European standards and should be cut by one-fifth.(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described the minority government agreement between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil as ‘very clear’. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described the minority government agreement between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil as “very clear”, following media reports of a t(...)

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